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Dan and Steph's hearty beef stew with herb dumplings

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Tuck into hearty beef stew for a winter warmer the family will love. It’s a filling dinner option that's bursting with rich flavour.

  • Serves4
  • Cook time3 hour 30 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes, + resting time


  • 500g Coles Australian No Added Hormones Gravy Beef, cut into into 5cm pieces
  • 50g plain flour
  • 1-2 tbs olive oil
  • 4 cups (1L) salt-reduced beef stock
  • 1-2 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1kg pkt Coles Australian Soup Starter Pack, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley stems, chopped
  • 5 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley, extra, to serve


  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 5 thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 2 egg yolks, lightly whisked
  • 2 tsp olive oil

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  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 150˚C. Place the beef and flour in a large bowl. Toss to combine. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole pan over high heat. Cook the beef, in batches, until browned all over. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Step 2

    Return beef to the pan with the stock, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato paste and vinegar and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium. Add the onion, garlic and vegetables from the soup pack. Stir to combine. Bring to the boil. Add the parsley stems and thyme and stir to combine. Cover and bake for 2 1/2 hours.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, to make the dumplings, place the flour in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add the parsley, thyme, egg yolk and oil and stir until just combined, adding just enough cold water to bring the dough together.
  4. Step 4

    Divide the dough mixture into 8 even portions and arrange over the beef mixture. Cover and bake for 30 mins or until the beef is tender and the dumplings are cooked through. Set aside for 20 mins to rest.
  5. Step 5

    Divide the beef stew and dumplings among serving plates. Sprinkle with extra parsley to serve.